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Beta vulgaris 'Ruby Red' (Swiss chard)

Beta vulgaris 'Ruby Red' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris 'Ruby Red' BAY-tah vul-GAR-iss Common Name: Swiss chard Synonyms: Beta vulgaris ssp. cicla 'Ruby Red' Genus: Beta
This is a sweet Swiss chard with beautiful candy-apple-red stalks and dark green, crinkly leaves with touches of red. Both the leaves and the stalks are very ornamental and 'Ruby Red' is great in a vegetable or cottage garden, or in an ornamental bed or border. It is especially attractive when grown with plants whose colors call attention to the red coloring. Although related to beets, the root is inedible, but the leafy greens are valued for their mild flavor and high nutritional value.
Care: Full sun or partial shade in rich, light but moist soil. Water thoroughly during dry spells to avoid bolting.
Propagation: Sow seeds where they are to grow in early spring or late summer.
Problems: Prone to fungal leaf spots, downy mildew, powdery mildew, damping off, and root rots. Leaf miners, aphids, and caterpillars can be troublesome as well.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses Beds and Borders, Container
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Annuals,Vegetables

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